Celebrate at Dodge Nature Center

Birthday parties at Dodge Nature Center are a terrific experience for kids ages 3 and up. The two-hour party starts with a Dodge naturalist hosting a fun nature activity that fits the season. Spend the rest of your time gathered in the little red schoolhouse for cake, presents, games, or other fun you plan.

Birthday Package


A fun activity hosted by a Naturalist

Spend the first hour of the birthday party with a Dodge Naturalist doing an activity infused with nature. Your Naturalist host will make sure the fun activity is the best fit for the age group and season.

The Schoolhouse

Your celebration includes access to the Dodge schoolhouse where your group can play, eat, and enjoy the second hour of your birthday party.  The schoolhouse has electricity, running water, is air conditioned in the summer, and heated in the winter. It does not have a refrigerator or freezer. Please bring a cooler as an alternative. The nature center does not provide games, decorations, treats or entertainment, but you can personalize your event by bringing your own ideas and materials.

Birthday Party Details

Age Appropriate for children 3 years and over
Capacity 15 children max
Cost $120
Party Times Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - Noon or 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Set-up Time 20 minutes prior to reservation
Parking 24 vehicle lot at 365 Marie Avenue West in West St. Paul, MN 55118
Additional Parking Street parking on Marie Avenue West
Extra Adults Seating will sit 15 children comfortably. There is some space in the room for extra adults that would like to stay.

Birthday Party Nature Programs


Choose from a variety of themes to fit party goer ages and your birthday season.

Down on the Farm

  • 3 years and older

Learn about farm life, meet barn animals, and jump in the hay.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Reptiles and Amphibians

  • 3 years and older

Get up close and personal with tromping turtles, hopping frogs, and slithering snakes. This is an indoor activity.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Minnesota Wildlife

  • 3 - 8 years

Be a detective as you inspect animal artifacts and meet some Minnesota wildlife to get to know your animal neighbors better.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Animal Tracks & Signs

  • 5 years and older

Hike Dodge in search of animal homes, tracks, scat, and more.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Scavenger Hunt

  • 7 years and older

Explore Dodge while searching for a variety of nature's treasures.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall

Outdoor Adventures

  • 4 - 8 years

Climb "Challenge Hill," build forts, and explore the woods.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Wilderness Skills

  • 9 years and older

Learn how to build shelters and fires for survival situations. Bring hot dogs to roast over the fire for lunch.

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • Winter

Aquatics

  • 3 years and older

Discover the critters that live in water here at the Dodge ponds.

  • Spring
  • Summer

Insects

  • 3 years and older

Explore the prairie using sweep nets and hike around Dodge to find some of Minnesota's smallest residents.

  • Summer
  • Fall

Animal Tracks & Kicksledding

  • 4 years and older

Look for scat, tracks, and animal homes, followed by a visit to the pond trying your skills on the kicksleds.

  • Winter

Ready to get the party started? 

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